Curious about the top restaurants on the less traveled side of the Danube? Visit Bobo in Rózsadomb, an exclusive residential area but reachable within ten minutes from Pest. The restaurant's stated mission is to draw Budapest's Bobos (a term made popular David Brook's book, "Bobos in Paradise"), referring to people who harbor both bourgeois and bohemian sentiments.
The restaurant is inside a beautifully refurbished 1885 estate, once the playground of the Hungarian aristocracy. The slightly formal vibes and steep price points – mains range €17-23 – put Bobo a step above Budapest's chic bistros, but it’s also more casual than hushed fine dining venues.
The short menu draws inspiration from dishes once popular in Budapest and Vienna during the Austro Hungarian Empire (1867-1918), featuring foie gras, goulash soup, paprikash, schnitzel, and freshwater pike-perch (fogas), all plated delicately and served on white linen. The best way to complete your meal here is with the yeast buns drenched in vanilla custard (aranygaluska) or the sweet cottage cheese dumplings (túrógombóc), both of which pair well with a glass of Tokaji wine.